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From con- (together) +‎ ferō (I bear).



cōnferō (present infinitive cōnferre, perfect active contulī, supine collātum); third conjugation, irregular

  1. I bring or collect together, gather; unite, join, connect.
  2. I bring or place together or near, set in opposition, oppose, match; bring into hostile contact.
  3. I bring together in thought, compare, contrast.
  4. I consult, confer, consider, deliberate, talk over, discuss; exchange (words).
  5. I compress, abridge, condense, sum up.
  6. I bear, carry, convey, direct, take, bring.
  7. I devote, apply to, employ, use, direct, bestow upon, confer, grant.
  8. I pay in, contribute, am profitable, am of use.
  9. I change, transform, turn, metamorphose.
  10. I refer, ascribe, attribute, impute, throw blame, lay to the charge of.
  11. I transfer, remove, defer, put off, postpone, refer.


   Conjugation of cōnferō (third conjugation, irregular, suppletive)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present cōnferō cōnfers cōnfert cōnferimus cōnfertis cōnferunt
imperfect cōnferēbam cōnferēbās cōnferēbat cōnferēbāmus cōnferēbātis cōnferēbant
future cōnferam cōnferēs cōnferet cōnferēmus cōnferētis cōnferent
perfect contulī contulistī contulit contulimus contulistis contulērunt, contulēre
pluperfect contuleram contulerās contulerat contulerāmus contulerātis contulerant
future perfect contulerō contuleris contulerit contulerimus contuleritis contulerint
passive present cōnferor cōnferris, cōnferre cōnfertur cōnferimur cōnferiminī cōnferuntur
imperfect cōnferēbar cōnferēbāris, cōnferēbāre cōnferēbātur cōnferēbāmur cōnferēbāminī cōnferēbantur
future cōnferar cōnferēris, cōnferēre cōnferētur cōnferēmur cōnferēminī cōnferentur
perfect collātus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect collātus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect collātus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present cōnferam cōnferās cōnferat cōnferāmus cōnferātis cōnferant
imperfect cōnferrem cōnferrēs cōnferret cōnferrēmus cōnferrētis cōnferrent
perfect contulerim contulerīs contulerit contulerīmus contulerītis contulerint
pluperfect contulissem contulissēs contulisset contulissēmus contulissētis contulissent
passive present cōnferar cōnferāris, cōnferāre cōnferātur cōnferāmur cōnferāminī cōnferantur
imperfect cōnferrer cōnferrēris, cōnferrēre cōnferrētur cōnferrēmur cōnferrēminī cōnferrentur
perfect collātus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect collātus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present cōnfer cōnferte
future cōnfertō cōnfertō cōnfertōte cōnferuntō
passive present cōnferre cōnferiminī
future cōnfertor cōnfertor cōnferuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives cōnferre contulisse collātūrum esse cōnferrī collātum esse collātum īrī
participles cōnferēns collātūrus collātus cōnferendus, cōnferundus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
cōnferendī cōnferendō cōnferendum cōnferendō collātum collātū

Related termsEdit



  • confero in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • confero in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • confero in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to go to a place: se conferre in aliquem locum
    • to employ one's time in..: tempus conferre ad aliquid
    • to contribute alms: stipem (pecuniam) conferre
    • to employ in the furtherance of one's interests: aliquid in usum suum conferre
    • to show kindness to..: benevolentiam alicui praestare, in aliquem conferre
    • to heap benefits upon..: beneficia in aliquem conferre
    • to gain some one's friendship; to become intimate with: ad alicuius amicitiam se conferre, se applicare
    • to expend great labour on a thing: operam alicui rei tribuere, in aliquid conferre
    • to give all one's attention to a thing: omnes cogitationes ad aliquid conferre
    • to employ all one's energies on literary work: omne studium in litteris collocare, ad litteras conferre
    • to become a pupil, disciple of some one: operam dare or simply se dare alicui, se tradere in disciplinam alicuius, se conferre, se applicare ad aliquem
    • to devote oneself to philosophy: se conferre ad philosophiam, ad philosophiae or sapientiae studium (Fam. 4. 3. 4)
    • to devote oneself to writing history: ad historiam (scribendam) se conferre or se applicare
    • to devote oneself to the study of a natural science: se conferre ad naturae investigationem
    • to devote oneself to poetry: se conferre ad poesis studium
    • to devote oneself to oratory: ad dicendum se conferre
    • to become a writer, embrace a literary career: ad scribendum or ad scribendi studium se conferre
    • to put oneself under some one's protection: se conferre, se tradere, se permittere in alicuius fidem
    • to be courteous, obliging to some one: in aliquem officia conferre
    • to enter into conversation with some one: sermonem conferre, instituere, ordiri cum aliquo
    • to put our heads together: capita conferre (Liv. 2. 45)
    • to devote oneself to politics, a political career: accedere, se conferre ad rem publicam
    • to devote one's every thought to the state's welfare: omnes curas et cogitationes in rem publicam conferre
    • to devote oneself body and soul to the good of the state: totum et animo et corpore in salutem rei publicae se conferre
    • to put the blame on another: culpam in aliquem conferre, transferre, conicere
    • with close ranks; with ranks in disorder: confertis, solutis ordinibus
    • to come to close quarters: signa conferre cum hoste
    • to fight in open order: laxatis (opp. confertis) ordinibus pugnare
    • to take to flight: se conicere, se conferre in fugam
  • confero in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • Niermeyer, Jan Frederik (1976), “conferre”, in Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus, Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 242/2